US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

Gigi Hadid. (Source: @gigihadid)
Updated 23 February 2018

US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

JEDDAH: US model Gigi Hadid is known for accessorizing. Her latest statement piece? A
phone sticker.
Hadid was snapped stepping out with an anti-social-media message on her mobile, in the style of the warnings on cigarette packs.
“Social media seriously harms your mental health,” the sticker read.
Could be that’s just a reminder to herself of the dangers of getting too deep into the online rabbit hole. Hadid, after all, has over 38 million Instagram followers, has made more than 2,600 posts on that platform alone, plus almost 16,000 tweets to her 8.5 million Twitter followers.
Hadid has discussed before how she likes to take a digital sabbatical now and again. In December 2016 she told “Elle” that she was taking a month off social media, saying she found that “empowering.”
“A lot of the world feels so entitled to other peoples’ lives, which is so crazy,” she said. “I’m going to take a break when I feel like it.”
Hadid has also called out cyber-bullies, most recently earlier this month when she revealed, via Twitter, that she has the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s disease.
“Please, as social media users and human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story,” she wrote. “Use your energy to lift those you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”


TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

Updated 04 August 2020

TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

  • Also an indirect endorsement for a move away from fossil fuels

DUBAI: The UAE firing up of the Barakah power plant’s first nuclear reactor will usher in a new era of clean energy, according to an Arab News straw poll.

Nearly 70 percent of those who responded said they believed the launch of the Barakah facility was the beginning of a new era of energy production.

But one third of those polled said they doubted there would be any change in the current energy regime.

The UAE became the first nuclear energy capable nation in the Arab world after switching on the country’s first nuclear reactor at the Barakah plant in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Unit 1 is set to be connected to the UAE power grid and supply electricity in the next testing phase.

The Barakah facility, tucked 280 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi in the Al-Dhafra region, is expected to add 5,600 megawatts of electricity to the UAE power grid when all of its four reactors become operational as the country works to improve its environmental reputation.

“If the younger, educated ones are allowed to speedily take charge of modern tech, this can rapidly bring Arab countries into the realm of Singapore, Israel, South Korea etc.,” according to Twitter user @winstonmaraj.